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Mumbai’s ‘Focus’ Festival Showcases Women Photographers

Mumbai’s ‘Focus’ Festival Showcases Women Photographers | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

"Yet it is often women who have collected and organized much of the history of photography in South Asia", Mr Gupta said.

“The family album is often guarded and looked after by the women, who are the repository of a family history,” said Mr. Gupta. “Similarly in India, I think a lot of women have worked in the industry end of photography, doing the research, maintaining archives and facilitating dialogues. The handful of photo-specific agencies and galleries that we know of in India were started by women.”

Photograph : Mohini Chandra
Article : Neha Thirani Bagri | NYT 

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Glimpses of What to Expect at Chobi Mela 2013

Glimpses of What to Expect at Chobi Mela 2013 | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it
One of the most significant events in Asia, Chobi Mela is an international festival of photography and was launched in 2000. Held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, the purpose behind the inception of the festival was to showcase the works of Bangladeshi artists alongside the most exciting work from the rest of the world.

The festival was also to be a platform for debate and discussion. And now in its seventh edition, the festival has gone from strength to strength. It has symbolised a struggle against hegemony and oppression.

The theme for Chobi Mela VII is Fragility and it will present the creative works of world renowned as well as hitherto unknown photographers. To be held between 25 January–7 February 2013, the festival promises to be a wonderful melting pot of photographs and opinions. Of course, there is a lot more to look forward to.

Photograph by Protick Sarker ;
Text By Priyanka | Better Photography
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Call for Submissions | Chobi Mela VII - International Festival of Photography in Bangladesh

Call for Submissions | Chobi Mela VII - International Festival of Photography in Bangladesh | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

For its 2013 edition, Chobi Mela's theme is 'fragility' :


"The sweeping gestures of photography have thrived on extremes. Great things, epic moments, the wretched, the vile, the dispossessed, the celebrated and the trodden, have all found themselves facing the lens. Photography has exalted suffering, celebrated the vain. Quiet moments, reflective spirits, the hesitant step, the furtive glance have rarely made headlines. Perceived as being unworthy of the shutter..."

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History of Chobi Mela

Chobi Mela, the first festival of photography in Asia, is one of the most exciting ventures that Drik has initiated. The first Chobi Mela – International Festival of Photography was held Dec.1999-January 2000. It is the most demographically inclusive photo festival in the world and is held every two years in Dhaka. The festival examines the dramatic shifts in image production, ownership and distribution brought on by new developments in the media landscape.

 
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Crowfunding | Focus Photo Festival In Mumbai : "Let's Make it Happen"

Crowfunding | Focus Photo Festival In Mumbai : "Let's Make it Happen" | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

"In today’s world where every initiative from all spheres of profession and passion jostle to grab the limited available resources and funds, very little come by the way of the creative fields.This is where platforms like the global Kickstarter and India’s very own Wishberry come in to help individuals and groups garner funds for their dream creative projects. A Mumbai-based team of four, comprising of Elise Foster Vander Elst, director of Asia Art Projects, consultant Matthieu Foss, architect Nicola Antaki and photographer Fawzan Husain, knows this occurrence only too well as it gears up to host the city’s first non-commercial photography festival — the FOCUS Festival Mumbai..."

 

Support the project here : 

http://www.wishberry.in/FOCUS-Festival-Mumbai-Let-s-make-it-happen--15054

 

Photograph by Fawzan Husain

Article by Satarupa Paul | ARTINFO

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